Access Now

Digital rights
for everyone.

Derechos digitales
para todas.

.الحقوق الرقمية للجميع

Droits numériques
pour tous.

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of people and communities at risk. By combining direct technical support, strategic advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.

Recent News & Updates

#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine

11 Jun 2024

Access Now stands with the people of Gaza who are currently living under a complete siege imposed by the Israeli military, indiscriminate airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the looming threat of a ground invasion that would cause further chaos and violence.

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Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
11 Jun 2024
Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
Civil Society Pegasus Spyware
Surveillance
Surveillance

Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware

30 May 2024

At least seven more Russian, Belarusian, Latvian, and Israeli journalists and activists have been targeted with Pegasus within the EU.

Publication
Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware
30 May 2024
Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights

13 Jun 2024

Even as states increasingly weaponize communication networks, the UN Security Council has remained largely silent on digital rights issues. This puts everyone at risk.

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Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection
Data Protection

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights

12 Jun 2024

Access Now and CARD are demanding the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) to stop the unlawful publication of customer’s data.

Press Release
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights
12 Jun 2024
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 

9 May 2024

Israel’s war on Gaza has revealed how mundane, unsophisticated AI surveillance systems are being used to unleash the most dystopian, tech-driven horrors on Palestinians.

Publication
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
9 May 2024
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

Press Release
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia

5 Jun 2024

In New Caledonia, French authorities blocked TikTok. This measure is disproportionate, unnecessary, and another bad omen for democracy.

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First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
5 Jun 2024
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
digital ceasefire gaza
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

22 May 2024

We join organizations defending freedom of expression in supporting South Africa’s request to the ICJ to ensure unimpeded access to Gaza for fact-finding missions and journalists to assess and preserve evidence.

Press Release
International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
22 May 2024
International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
smart borders
Surveillance
Surveillance

Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes

24 May 2024

Access Now demanda a CBP a ICE debido a sus demoras e inadecuadas respuestas a solicitudes de acceso a la información pública.

Press Release
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes
24 May 2024
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes
Access Now theme
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023

28 May 2024

In 2023, Access Now Grants supported activists facing digital threats around the world, from Palestine to Myanmar to Ukraine and beyond.

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Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
28 May 2024
Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

29 Apr 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

Campaign
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
29 Apr 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
RightsCon Costa Rica 2023 RightsCon

RightsCon

The world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age

Digital Security Helpline Helpline

Helpline

24/7 assistance for human rights defenders at risk in every region

Access Now Grants Grants

Grants

Supporting the grassroots and frontline organizations fighting for your rights around the world

We mobilize around the world

Access Now is made up of a diverse team of more than 130 experts working in centers of political power, tech innovation, and civic action around the world. We have registered offices in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, with team members based in more than 20 countries across six continents.